Sweet apples, crunchy celery and juicy chicken breasts combine with curry flavors and creamy yogurt in this delicious and healthy salad.
Chicken salad is a classic recipe that brings back many childhood memories of my beloved Miracle Whip. It was a sad day when I discovered the main ingredient was corn syrup so I try to use it sparingly, if at all. The good news is that plain yogurt has come to the rescue.
Before you shun me, let me give you a few tips for replacing mayo or sour cream with plain yogurt. It is important to replace the fat with additional flavor. Since much of what we love about mayo and sour cream is the rich, decadent mouthfeel that comes from the fat it is important to make up for it with natural flavor enhancers.
If you’re making tuna salad, add in freshly chopped herbs such as basil or dill. Making tacos? Add a little lime zest and fresh lime juice to sour cream before serving.
When it comes to chicken salad which always reminds me of Miracle Whip, I love adding antioxidant-packed curry powder and a splash of fresh lemon juice. For added sweetness (to make up for the missing corn syrup), I add in chopped apples. Red grapes work well too!
Of course, I’m not perfect and I’m yet to discover a perfect egg and ham sandwich without Miracle Whip. Maybe one day… ;-)
Your fork is waiting.
Curried Chicken Salad with Apples
- 8 oz cooked chicken breasts cubed
- 4 celery stalks minced
- 1 apple diced
- 1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, curry powder, lemon juice and salt.
- Stir in chicken, celery and apple. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.